Friday, 18 November 2011

We often wake up to this magnificent sight.  
Don't you wish you were a kid again...
Paradise? See the horror story written below all the photo's!

Pretty as a picture, you can't see the mozzies but they find you!

Farm hunting
1 week old alligator, no teeth!

Chilli cook-off, the cooks decorate their stalls

A mobile braai/barbeque/smoke house.  These things are huge.  Note the lazy cowboy.

Creative marketing

They dish out tasters of their cooking
The water level used to be up to this sign.

Northern Cardinal, difficult to photograph.

Aren't these weeds back home?
An oil rig in every back yard, I kid you not.
Hi guys,
Back by popular demand.  Since some of you were wondering if we fell off the planet, we decided to update our blog! As you can see, we have been to Palacious.  They have a flesh eating bacteria in the bay, the whole gulf of Mexico has it.  It is particularly prevalent during drought.  When we arrived I found a local lady catching crabs off a jetty so I asked her if she was not worried about the flesh eating bacteria.  She looked horrified and asked "flesh eating bacteria, what flesh eating bacteria?" so I told her what I had heard about it.   She said that she had just bought a house on the beach front, got husband to haul up the crab lines, and then hurried away so fast the wheels were spinning.  Perhaps I should have put an offer in on her house!  Later a fisherman reassured us that it is not so common, and that it only affects those with weak immune systems or open wounds.  We were not reassured!  We have heard that the Mexicans refuse to build jetty's because they were dying, and the local Dr also died from it.  Apparently there is no cure. 

We are still very happy where we are, the scenery and wildlife are amazing.  What a privilege to wake up every morning to a sunrise like the one in the top photo.  Very often the Deer are at the waters edge.  We have watched the stag herd his does away from the camp site at day break.

The Chilli-cook off is a Texan tradition.  People get together and have a chilli cooking competition. The braai's or smokers are built onto trailers,and are as big as a garden shed, roof and all.  They are usually decorated with a very western theme.  Probably because cowboys ate chilli beans?  The chilli that we have had was mild. After the judging, the cooks dish out tasters. 

That's all for now folks.  Post a few comments!